Bridgeport Names & Numbers

Getting There:

Chart: NOAA 12369

Black Rock Harbor Chart

Bridgeport is approximately 52 nautical miles northeast of New York City and 25 nautical miles southwest of New Haven, Connecticut. The port consists of Bridgeport Harbor (with a channel 400 feet wide and 35 feet deep) and Black Rock Harbor (depth 18 feet).

Dockage, Moorings & Service:

Captain’s Cove Seaport (203-335-1433): Located in Black Rock Harbor, Captain’s Cove is the preeminent full-service marina for recreational boaters in the area, with 30 slips designated for transients. Live music, restaurants and shops are located within the complex.Cedar Marina (203-335-6262):  Also in Black Rock Harbor, Cedar Marina maintains a total of 175 slips and will provide space for transients when seasonal boaters are traveling.

Dolphin’s Cove Marina (203-335-3301): Located in Bridgeport Harbor, Dolphin’s Cove allows free tie-up for a few hours or overnight for $1 per foot. The marina has an onsite restaurant and fresh seafood market.
East End Yacht Club (203-366-3330): Private club in Bridgeport Harbor offering reciprocity.
Pequonnock Yacht Club (203-773-9460): Private club in Bridgeport Harbor offering reciprocity.

Anchorages:

In Black Rock Harbor, boaters can anchor anywhere there is room on either side of the main channel between RN “8” and GC “11”In Bridgeport Harbor, boaters can anchor just south/southwest of RN “2” at the entrance to Johnsons Creek. There is another small anchorage inside Johnson’s Creek southwest of RN “8”, if you can find room.

Launch Ramps:

Bridgeport Harbor: Newfield Ave., on-street parking and adjacent float. No fee.Black Rock Harbor: There is a ramp at the end of Brewster Street (on-street parking, no fee) and another at the western end of Seaside Park (large lot, fee required).

Harbormaster:

(203-384-9777)

Things to Do and See:

  • The Barnum Museum (203-331-1104): Admission $7 for adults; $4 for kids. The museum is Bridgeport’s most popular tourist attraction, and represents the architectural flights of fancy prevalent during the late 1800s. This multi-architectural-style brownstone and terracotta three-story building is devoted to the history of the man and the city of Bridgeport. The main lobby showcases “Baby Bridgeport,” a 700-pound elephant, the second ever to be born in captivity, preserved in all its taxidermal glory. Galleries are filled with photos and reviews of Barnum’s biggest stars—Tom Thumb, Jenny “Swedish Nightingale” Lind and Jumbo the Elephant, along with other curiosities. On the third floor is a diorama of Barnum and Bailey’s 3-ring circus.Beardsley Zoo (203-394-6565) $9 for adults and $7 for kids. Built on the grounds of the park where Barnum exercised his elephants, camels and zebras, Connecticut’s only zoological garden now houses more than 1,000 different animals as well as a unique “endangered species” carousel.
  • Discovery Museum (203-372-3521): Admission $8.50 for adults; $7 for kids. A bit frayed around the edges, this rainy-day option still carries a few thrills for grade-school kids.
  • Seaside Park: A gift to the City of Bridgeport from P. T. Barnum. Designed by Central Park architect Frederick Law Olmstead, this 2 ½-mile beach is a great place to picnic.
  • Ballpark at Harbor Yard (203-345-4800): Home to the Bridgeport Bluefish farm team.
  • Arena at Harbor Yard (203-345-2300): Books blockbuster events all year long.
  • The Downtown Cabaret Theater (203-576-1636): Offers well-known musicals and family fare.

Where to Eat:

  • Ralph and Rich’s (203-366-3597): An Italian bistro in the financial district.
  • Roberto’s (203-368-6599): Dine on soft bread sticks and delicious pasta dishes in a soaring limestone room.
  • Two Boots (203-331-1377): Go-to place for pizza.
  • Dolphin’s Cove (203-335-3301): Offers direct views onto Bridgeport Harbor. The food is right-off-the-boat fresh and the prices seem to have been frozen in the 1960s.
  • Captain’s Cove Seaport (203-335-1433): Located on Black Rock Harbor, the Seaport’s restaurant has, according to one out-of-town fan, “the most delectable fish-and-chips this side of England.”
  • Take Time Café (203-335-7255): Sandwich shop sporting twig rocking chairs, rustic tables and vibrant murals.

Getting Around:

  • Town Taxi (203-366-8534)
  • Yellow Cab (203-334-2121)
  • Ace Cab (203-334-6161)

General Information:

Bridgeport Regional Business Council (203-335-3800)